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Spinning Silk

(Spinning Silk #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  24 reviews
A weaver’s genius ignites the jealousy of her peers, the possessiveness of her mill’s proprietress and the hopes of an unborn nation.

Furi knows she was born to create, but the fabric of her life otherwise weaves mysteries. These things are more than they appear:

Shin, the gardener, with his unlikely power over life and death;
A mysterious illness with a selective death rout
Kindle Edition, 211 pages
Published May 9th 2018 by Amazon Publishing
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A weaver’s genius ignites the jealousy of her peers, the possessiveness of her mill’s proprietress and the hopes of an unborn nation. Furi knows she was born to create, but the fabric of her life otherwise weaves mysteries. These things are more than they appear: Shin, the gardener, with his unlikely power over life and death; A mysterious illness with a selective death route; Kitsuke artist Madame Sato, who would fashion Furi into a reincarnat
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spfbo-2018
*This is one of the #SFBO titles I had as part of my batch this year*

This is the story of Furi, a young woman who has had a pretty awful life under the care of a family who do not love her (with the exception of Yoshi, her adoptive brother) and a Madame who thinks punishment is the only way to control her. Furi has always known she had a gift when it came to weaving, especially with Silk, but as her life continues to suppress her and she becomes ever less confident in anything except her weaving
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
Truth: I kind of loved this book.

Also truth: I don't really know how to review it.

Why? It's a pretty unique story, and I'm not sure I've got the ending quite figured out, and I'm not qualified to say whether the Asian detail was well done or not, but... Let's put it simply: reading Spinning Silk was a good experience. If you've found in the past that your tastes align with mine? You'll probably enjoy it. Now let me see if I can tell you more about why I liked it: come read th
Kelly Brigid ♡
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, romance
“In time, both our lives would realize all of the apple's sweetness, and every forced swallow of its bitterness.”

This novel truly has one of the most immersive atmospheres I've ever experienced. Cook's prose is simply enchanting; it never ceased to capture my attention. Reading this narrative felt warm and comforting, as though I were revisiting a beloved story from my childhood. Is it possible for a book to generate such feelings of nostalgia, because I'm quite certain that's what occurr
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I didn’t know much about this book going into it except that it was based on Japanese folklore. The book is told from the point of view of Furi, a young peasant girl among one of the servant classes, little better than a slave. We follow her journey from childhood to adulthood as she is shuffled around the village, and later farther afield, as she is handed into one or another’s keeping.

The thing I loved most about this book was the prose, and the way in which the story was told. The prose reall
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spinning Silk quickly pulled me into the story and kept me there through to the end. I have not heard the old Japanese legends and folklore this book is based on, but it wasn’t necessary. They were so well incorporated into the story that I could almost know them. The main character, Yumi, made me cheer for her and cry for her. Though there were times I could not comprehend her moods and actions, in the end they made sense.

The Library Ladies
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
(originally reviewed at )

I was sent an excerpt of this book several months ago, and while reviewing it the strength of the author’s writing and the intriguing plot nabbed my attention. After receiving my copy, I blew through this story quickly. While it’s not without faults, “Spinning Silk” was a unique story, almost a fairytale-retelling but inspired by Japanese folklore instead of the Western-based fairytales that are all too common.

Furi is an orphan who has been raise
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
A dark, haunting, and beautifully written tale.

Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

Where to begin in reviewing this book? I wasn't sure what type of story to expect from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised by what I read. Spinning Silk is a surprisingly dark, haunting story that weaves together a story I never predicted and with characters whose stories I was fascinated to know more about.

Spinning Silk is a rather slow-paced book that is more focused on the characters and chara
T. Cook
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
It was the man, and not Furi, who was in real peril in this story. I loved turning the traditional woman-in-danger romance trope up on its head. Most romance taboos are long dead and buried, but I may have discovered a new one. If so, I have crossed that line remorselessly--not because I want to upset people, but because I want to be honest.

Some might not like to hear it, but love is dangerous. Life can introduce impossible obstacles. Furi and Shin seem exceptional, but they aren't really. Ordi
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
That was probably one of the better self published books I've read in some time. It was a bit slow to start off but I enjoyed it through to the end.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was the way with spiders. How were they always willing to begin building again, knowing full well their work would not last - no matter how laboriously, how painstakingly they had produced it?
This was resilience.

Suri, a young girl, abandoned at birth, grew up in a household that did not like having yet another mouth to feed. Even her incredible strength and dexterity were not enough to convince the people who raised her to not sell her into slavery. But living with her mas

Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Where do I even start? I am not going to say too much about the plot because I think it’s best to go blind into this book – it adds to the reading experience. So I decided in this review to talk about my experience with the Japan I know from Japanese literature and the Japan presented in western novels and see well Spinning Silk falls.

I like Japan and the Japanese culture, especially anime and Japanese literature, which is why
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love tragedy. Just saying.


This, I think, is a self-published book, so understandably it is riddled with typos. Editors and proofreader are the luxuries of conventional publishing and I don't hold this against the author. Still there are two mistakes which I think could have been avoided, or rather, a tad too much for me to ignore.

Firstly the naming system. I wish the author stuck to family name before own name, the Japanese way. Instead Junko Yamada becomes Yamada Junko at times then revert
Renee Harvey
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Spinning Silk over a few days. The initial slow pace surprised me, but I got caught up in the mystery of figuring out what was happening to the main character and how it all related to the silk spinning she was so good at. It took a twist I didn’t expect! The twist was fun, bringing the supernatural into what seems like a normal, historical world. I think I would’ve preferred more concrete clues along the way that a supernatural solution might be the option, but the story works the way it ...more
Kameo Monson
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
T Cook did an amazing job weaving her own creation when she wrote Spinning Silk. The prose and imagery through this book cannot be described with any word other than perfect. The story, based on Japanese mythology balances well between the real world and fantasy. A touch of romance along with the emotional gamut kept reading page after page. The romance is there, but it is not the story. The story is about the life of Furi, and what a story it is. I will read this book several times over, and I' ...more
Fiona Andrew
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great retelling.

What an awesome adventure. While I know nothing of Japanese Myths or Legends I was enthralled with the characters in this story. I felt so sorry of Furi and how she had to suffer the punishment from others. I was so excited when life turned around for the better. A great concept. Highly recommend.
Steph Warren
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

A fascinating blend of Japanese mythology and customs, Spinning Silk tells the story of Furi, raised a peasant orphan and sold cheap to the first person to ask, despite her supernaturally exceptional skill with a loom.

There is romance and rebellion, slavery and creative freedom warring for dominance between these pages, and the details of life as a skilled craftsperson, and later a
May 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
My enjoyment of “Spinning Silk” by Taya Cook began with the beautiful cover and ended with the satisfying journey of a young Japanese girl from orphan to more than anyone ever imagined. I love reading stories based on re-imagined fairytales and folklore. This story was particularly intriguing because it is based on Japanese folklore, which I knew nothing about, including legendary spider-warriors. Woven in with the folklore is the solid character arc of Furi, raised a slave, coveted for her tale ...more
Sarah Arabi-Katbi
Jun 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
The entire book has an ominous feeling and rightly so. Furi is a weaver, and a weaver of the most exquisite silk and this is her tale of discovery of who she really is and how she has come to be. There really is a gravity to so much of this book that I felt unnecessary and the perspective is all from Furi's end, but in a knowing sort of way, like 'I did this but little did I know what was to come'. It's dark, and at some points difficult for me to understand (and definitely difficult for me to r ...more
Amy Shannon
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Remarkable story

This is a well-written story that has great depths of imagery and connection to Japanese folklore. The story is about a weaver, but I believe the author is also a great weaver of sorts, as the story weaves a mysterious and imaginative story. I enjoyed this story, as the details and characters bring it to life. The author shows a grand story and adds that sense of mystery and suspense that a story needs to be successful in its showing.
Sierra Wilson
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a few months ago and it keeps coming back into my mind. It was such an interesting read. The story reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha mixed with magic realism. I loved the way folklore tied into the story and want to read it again
Jan 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3 - 3/5 Stars

Philippa Mary
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Kristen Burns
2.5 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has not influenced my review.*

What I liked: The writing was simple but elegant and very readable. The story had an ethereal, mysterious quality. The Japanese setting and culture was interesting. The supernatural would've been cool, had we gotten more of it.

What I disliked: I got tired of all the foreshadowing sentences. (E.g. "In time, I would understand why he would not let me bid him a tearful goodbye.") This story spanne
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A weaver’s genius ignites the jealousy of her peers, the possessiveness of her mill’s proprietress and the hopes of an unborn nation.

Furi knows she was born to create, but the fabric of her life otherwise weaves mysteries. These things are more than they appear:

Shin, the gardener, with his unlikely power over life and death;
A mysterious illness with a selective death route;
Kitsuke artist Madame

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